This Cinnamon-Spiced Eggnog White Russian recipe is a fun twist on the classic vodka cocktail. Made with eggnog, coffee liqueur, vodka, and a beautiful homemade cinnamon syrup – you’re gonna love it!

an eggnog white Russian cocktail in a glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar

A Cinnamon-y White Russian Recipe

I know, I know. It’s February, and I’m sharing a cocktail recipe that includes eggnog. But I’m still seeing it in the stores, so I figure it’s absolutely fair game. (And if I can’t find any, I can just make my own eggnog. So there!)

This Cinnamon-Spiced Eggnog White Russian is just the loveliest. With eggnog sitting in for the traditional cream, plus a gorgeous homemade cinnamon syrup, I welcome this decadent cocktail all winter long. Seriously, talk about a beautiful beverage to start out a special Valentine’s Day meal!

If you like a celebratory eggnog drink like I do, be sure to also check out this eggnog cocktail. It’s extra cold and creamy, blended with ice cream. And it includes a bit of Amaretto (almond liqueur), so lovely!

Eggnog White Russian Ingredients

The cinnamon syrup makes this drink extra special, beautifully warm and inviting. Here’s everything you’ll need to make a cinnamon-spiced eggnog white Russian!

For the cinnamon syrup:

  • water – Water provides the base for this amped-up simple syrup.
  • brown sugar – Basic simple syrup is strictly water and granulated sugar. This recipe gets a hug of warmth and depth from brown sugar. It compliments the spices and coffee flavors so well!
  • cinnamon sticks – Add a robust cinnamon flavor to the syrup without making it gritty like ground cinnamon would.
  • pure vanilla extract – Enhances the sweetness and spice.

To make the cocktail:

  • cinnamon syrup
  • Kahlúa – This is my coffee liqueur of choice, but feel free to use what you have on hand.
  • vodka – Whatever you normally like to drink will work fine here.
  • eggnog – I’m using my own homemade eggnog in this cocktail (it’s SO GOOD!), but store-bought works as well. Just keep in mind that you may want to adjust how much cinnamon syrup you use based on the sweetness of the eggnog.

Optional…cinnamon sugar rim:

If you’d like to go the extra mile with this drink, rim your glasses with cinnamon sugar. It’s not only pretty, but it tastes wonderful! You’ll need:

  • granulated sugar
  • ground cinnamon

How to Make the Cinnamon Syrup

The spiced syrup is super easy to make!

  • Boil. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil and cook until all of the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes.
  • Cool & steep. Remove the syrup from the heat and add the vanilla. Allow syrup to cool and intensify in cinnamon flavor for 15 minutes. Then remove the cinnamon sticks and transfer the syrup to an airtight container.
dipping the rim of a glass into cinnamon sugar

How to Add a Cinnamon Sugar Rim

  • Combine. In a shallow bowl, combine the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.
  • Dip, dip. Dip the rims of glasses into water and then dip the rims into the cinnamon sugar mixture.

How To Make a White Russian with Kahlúa & Eggnog

Once you make this white Russian with eggnog, you’ll never want to make it any other way!

  • Combine. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then add the vodka, Kahlúa, eggnog, and cinnamon syrup.
pouring finished eggnog white Russian cocktail into a glass with a cinnamon sugar rim
  • Shake. Cover the shaker tightly and shake for 30 seconds, or until the drink is thoroughly chilled.
  • Strain. Pour drink through the strainer, into glasses. Top with additional ice, if desired.
a white Russian cocktail with eggnog and cinnamon syrup

Garnish. Add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, a cinnamon stick, or star anise, if desired.

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Variations

I like to play around with flavors. Does that come as any surprise?! Here are a few ways you could change up this cocktail:

  • Make it less boozy. Vodka adds an extra punch to the drink. Feel free to reduce the vodka or leave it out entirely.
  • Make it more boozy. I always like a little brandy in my eggnog, for its warm notes. It’d be very nice in this white Russian as well.
  • Switch up the vodka. Use vanilla vodka for more of that wonderful vanilla flavor. Or cinnamon vodka, for all you cinnamon lovers out there!
  • Make it extra creamy. For extra decadence, add a splash of heavy cream or half and half.
  • Add more spice. Nutmeg would also be lovely in this drink. Grate a bit of fresh nutmeg over the top, right before serving. Ohhhh, the fragrance of freshly grated nutmeg!
  • Add sweetness. Top your drinks with a big swirl of whipped cream. And how about a cherry, too?!

Big Batch Cocktail Proportions

When entertaining, I love the ease of creating my homemade cocktails ahead of time, with pitcher proportions. Here’s what you’ll need for a pitcher of eggnog white Russian:

  • 2 cups Kahlúa
  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon syrup

Just measure these ingredients into a pitcher and store the big batch cocktail in the fridge for up to 4 hours. When ready to serve, give the pitcher a stir and then shake individual portions with ice!

More Winter Cocktail Recipes

Here are a few more of my favorite winter-y cocktails. Some are served hot, while others use winter’s best fruits or feature warmth from whiskey, bourbon etc.

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Cinnamon-Spiced Eggnog White Russian

Yield: 2 drinks
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Cinnamon-Spiced Eggnog White Russian recipe is a fun twist on the classic vodka cocktail. Made with eggnog, coffee liqueur, vodka, and a beautiful homemade cinnamon syrup - you're gonna love it!

Ingredients

for the cinnamon sugar rim:

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

for the cinnamon syrup:

  • ½ cup water
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

for the cocktail:

  • 4 ounces Kahlúa
  • 4 ounces homemade eggnog (or substitute your favorite store brand)
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce cinnamon syrup, or to taste
  • Optional garnishes: ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, star anise

Instructions

  1. For the cinnamon sugar rim: In a shallow bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Dip the rim of two lowball glasses into water, then into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Set aside.
  2. For the cinnamon syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks. Bring mixture to a boil and cook until all of the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove syrup from the heat and stir in vanilla. Let syrup cool and steep for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the cinnamon sticks and transfer the syrup to an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week. You will have more syrup than needed for this cocktail, but it can be used with coffee, tea, and other cocktails.
  5. To make the cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then add the Kahlúa, eggnog, vodka, and cinnamon syrup. Shake for 30 seconds, or until the drink is thoroughly chilled.
  6. Strain into the prepared glasses and top with additional ice, if desired.
  7. Garnish each drink with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, a cinnamon stick, or star anise.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 490Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 1gSugar: 54gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.

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an eggnog white Russian in a glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar